ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop finally gets a webcam
ASUS gaming laptops have caught up with the era of working from home. The PC maker has unveiled its line of ROG laptops for early 2022, and the centerpiece for many is likely an updated Zephyrus G14 (pictured above) that finally includes a webcam – one with Windows-compatible infrared. Hello, nothing less. ASUS said Engadget players weren’t worried about the lack of a camera in the past, but a combination of shrinking panels and smaller cameras made inclusion possible. Whatever the reasoning, it will be welcome for anyone who has had to forgo the G14 (or buy an external webcam) to attend virtual classes and meetings.
There are of course many performance related improvements. The reworked Zephryus G14 uses AMD’s new Ryzen 6000 chips (up to Ryzen 9 6900HS), up to 32GB of DDR5 memory, and dedicated Radeon graphics up to the RX 6800S – with increased GPU thermal design power (from 65 W to 100 W). Cooling has also improved thanks to a new vapor chamber, liquid metal on the CPU and GPU, a dust filter and higher airflow fans.
The overall display bezels are thinner, but interestingly, ASUS has now gone for a 16:10 panel here, with the added bonus of a faster 3ms response time and a peak brightness of 500 nits. You’ll also find a 50% larger trackpad and flashier mini-LED cover with 19% more lights and smoother animations. It’s too early to tell if the G14 will match ASUS ‘claims of over 10 hours of video playback on battery power, but USB-C fast charging should minimize the time you need to connect.
ASUS hasn’t disclosed pricing for the Zephyrus G14 at the time of this writing, but you’ll have options for 144Hz 1080p and 120Hz 1440p displays, and you can choose more frugal components like the Ryzen 5 6600HS or Radeon. RX 6700S to reduce costs. .
There are other laptops in store. The new Zephyrus Duo 16 (pictured middle) builds on the dual screen concept with a few unique display tricks. If you go for the 120Hz 4K main panel, you can upgrade to 1080p at 240Hz through a clustering technique – you can swap resolution for speed. You’ll also find a tweaked second screen mechanism that allows for more “seamless” integration with the main display. The G14’s Ryzen 6000 processors, liquid metal enhanced cooling, and infrared camera all made their way to the Duo, though you’d use NVIDIA graphics (up until the new RTX 3080 Ti).
Other laptops aren’t as eye-catching, but can still scratch the itch for gamers on the go. The ROG Flow Z13 (bottom) is a detachable 13.4-inch Surface Pro for gamers with up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9, 4K display, and RTX 3050 Ti video, while the Strix G15 and G17 are more conventional 15 and 17 inch gaming laptops that upgrade to the latest AMD processors and NVIDIA graphics. While pricing and availability are also unknown here, we expect machines like the Duo and Flow to offer premiums given their still scarce form factors.
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Update 04/21 11:24 p.m. ET: This article previously reported that the thermal design power of the GPU of the new Zephyrus G14 is reduced, when in fact it is being increased. This has now been corrected. Additional notes regarding the display have also been added.
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